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Welcome from Mrs Thursby!

Hello everyone! My name is Mrs Thursby and I'm the Year 3 teacher.A very warm welcome to KS2! I'm really excited about teaching you all and am looking forward to a fun filled year of wonderful learning experiences. In our classroom we'll be supported by Miss Hollingsworth, Mrs Marsland and Mrs Sinclair. All of our fantastic team will be there to help you settle in and answer any questions you may have. Year 3 has a lovely big classroom for you to learn in and I'm sure you'll get used to where everything is really quickly. 

Our first topic is called Vicious Vikings and promises to be filled with historical activities. We'll learn about how the Vikings invaded, settled and how they lived. They definitely knew how to fight so get ready for learning about their weapons and some of their gruesome battles!!!  

I know that you'll really enjoy this topic and I'm really looking forward to teaching you and helping you to become historians with lots of inquisitve questions about the past.

Let's make this term a successful start to Year 3 and KS2! 

Transition Morning!

For one of our tasks we chose a favourite book to bring to Year 3. We created our own class book blanket of all our favourite books. There was a great deal of rich talk about books!

Here are some photos of the new Year 3 enjoying reading together for pleasure!

Year 3's Golden Book

In this section of Year 3's Web page we will feature very special work that has made it into our very special Golden Book. Your work has to be outstanding to be entered and I look forward to writing many entries this year. This book is about showing that you care about your work, going above and beyond and mastering something with true resilience. Remember Do your best so that we as a school can be our best!


Take a look at this outstanding work describing a dragon. Look out for the personification we have been learning about. Mrs Thursby was thrilled with the quality of the vocabulary. WELL DONE!!!

Wonderful Music Skills!

Have a look at this video which shows one of our class members mastering the cup game we have been working on. After learning the song we tried to use the cups to help us keep the beat of the song I've been to Harlem. This outstanding achievement was entered into our Golden Book. WOW!

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Who were the Vikings?

Find out about the Vikings, who lived in Britain over one thousand years ago. These Norse purate raiders eventually settled in Britain but still explored and travelled widely to trade all around the world. Their language is the origin for some surprising words, towns and cities too. Do you live in one of them or have one near where you live?

The Vikings - In a nutshell

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EPISODE 27. We think we know a lot about Vikings, but what's the truth? Where are they from? Why did they need all those combs? Mr. Q finds the answers.


Come and enjoy our topic area of the classroom which is all ready for learning!



In the Year 3 classroom we have a class library with lots of books to choose from. This is where you can borrow books to take home as well as a space to read and enjoy books during the school day. Please remember to record your book title against your name in our reading record book. If you have any favourite authors you would like to see in our class library, please let me know and I'll do my best to find them for you. 

There is also a reading graffiti board esepcially for you to write your thoughts and messages about reading or any specific books you have read. 

Sit back and enjoy our reading space. There really is nothing better than losing yourself in a book!  


This is a very special reading journal that we use to show our reading journey through the year. Look inside and you will find out about the books we have read and enjoyed. Our thoughts and ideas will be displayed as well as the searching questions we will ask about characters and settings. We will keep you posted with how this book is doing through the year. For is our front cover ready for the new academic year!



This term our class reader is How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Look at this amazing book trailer to get a flavour of what's to come when we start reading!

Imagine a world of dragons...

How To Train Your Dragon - Book Trailer 2014

Listen to Cressida Cowell read the prologue to How to Train Your Dragon. We will be using this for some of our reading fluency. It's great to hear the author of the book read aloud! Get some tips for how to read expressively!

Cressida reads How to Train Your Dragon: Prologue

The Prologue of How to Train Your Dragon. Follow every chapter of the story on YouTube at: celeb...


Try some of these activities at home.


This section is here to support your reading at home and give you inspiration to read for pleasure, try new authors, books and just love reading!

Mrs Thursby is currently reading...

At  the moment I am reading a really exciting book by P.G.Bell. Check out the author because there are several exciting titles to read as well as this one! I would love to have a conversation with you about this book. Feel free to ask me!

Books I recommend...


The link below takes you to a brilliant website to try. It has some fantastic resources linked to up to date books and videos made by lots of different authors. This is a place you can go to and try reading extracts of books and be inspired to try new books and authors you may not have heard of.

Below are some resources I have downloaded for you but try it for yourself. You will love it! 

National Poetry Day!

To celebrate National Poetry Day, Mrs Thursby read a variety of poems to Year 3 at the end of the day. They really enjoyed poems by Joseph Coelho and Spike Milligan but their absolute favourite by far was a poem called Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen. They laughed and laughed and laughed! 

Chocolate Cake | POEM | Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

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Try reading these extracts!


One of the hardest parts of our Year 3 Place Value Unit is learning how to place 3 digit numbers on a blank number lines to 100. We have done it in class many times and it is something that woud really benefit from some support at home. Try this game we have been playing and loving in class.   



In Year 3 we will be using the counting stick to really get out tables facts to stick. This method helps us to understand the Maths behind the sequence of numbers and how to use doubling, halving and what we already know to help us. 

In Year 2 all children should know their 2's 5's and 10 times tables off by heart. In Year 3, we have to learn the 3 4 and 8 times tables to begin with. Watch the video on the 3 times table to help you get ready for some fun with the counting stick in our classroom this term!

3 times table with counting stick

Using the counting stick to learn the 3 times table.


Three Times Table Song (Cover of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars)

Mr. DeMaio and friends cover Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars in this fun multiplication video that can be used to help you memorize your three time...




In Year 3 vocabulary is at the heart of everything we do. We will learn a wide range of new vocabulary whilst beginning to understand the meaning of words, how words are made up, spelt and where they come from. The children will become excited about words whatever subject we are covering and I will be introducing them to a site called Word Hippo. This is somewhere they can go to find out about new words they come across at home too. Have a look for yourself and get studying those new words!


Each week Year 3 will be learning a different spelling rule. We will be working on these spellings every day so if you wanted to support your child and practise them at home each star provides a list of our focus words. There is no formal test but any consolidation is helpful to embed these spellings. The lists are also very useful to recap any previous learning. 



We are really enjoying our Music in Term 1 and are learning a song called I've been to Harlem. Our challenge is to try and learn the cup game that goes wth it over the next few weeks. The video below might just help you practise at home! Find  a plastic cup and have a go!

Cup Game ("I've Been to Harlem, I've Been to Dover") Tutorial

Ms. Cummings teaches you how to play the cup game that goes along with the song "I've Been to Harlem, I've Been to Dover"!